Ontario youth seeking jobs, think engineering!

Randstad report cites shortages of experienced engineers, plus supply imbalances.

TORONTO — Youthful job seekers in Ontario should focus training and job searches into fields such as engineering where there is a high demand for talent, according to Randstad Canada.

Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2020, commissioned by Engineers Canada and sponsored by human resources firm Randstad Engineering, reveals Canada is facing a shortage of engineers with more than 10 years of experience, plus supply and demand imbalances are becoming more serious, specifically in Ontario.

Findings from the labour market report note that resource projects in the north and infrastructure upgrades in most regions drive job creation, and that steady improvements in manufacturing create supply pressures for industrial engineers.

Randstad Canada’s projections see a growing demand for engineers in Ontario’s aerospace sector. Demand is also growing in construction as a result of new infrastructure projects.

While labour market conditions vary from region to region, Randstad says Ontario in particular must find ways to strike a balance between retiring skilled engineers, and training incoming graduates and international candidates.

”New projects mean great prospects for young engineers, but employers will need to start hiring based on potential instead of just experience, as a way to counterbalance labour shortages,” said Randstad Engineering’s Keith Wark, vice-president, central and eastern region.

Click here to obtain a copy of the Engineering labour market conditions 2011-2020 report.